Eiger

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Whether you hike along it, take the railway to its villages or just enjoy the view from Grindelwald below, this famous peak in the Bernese Alps is not to be missed.

Visit the Eiger, a special place high among the snowy mountaintops in Switzerland. One of the most iconic peaks in the world, it sits alongside the Mönch and Jungfrau. This trio, nicknamed the Ogre, Monk and Maiden, are revered among locals and tourists alike.

The Eiger is notorious for its North Face. Look up to see it soaring nearly vertical 5,900 feet (1,800 meters) into the air, an object of fear and fascination among mountain climbers. It is known as the “Mordwand” (murderous wall), a pun on its German name Nordwand, because of the dozens of climbers who have lost their lives here.

Locate “The White Spider,” a distinct feature on the North Face. Snow-filled cracks extend from an ice field near the top, resembling the spindly legs of a spider.

Hop on the Jungfrau Railway in the village of Kleine Scheidegg at the base. Take the railway to the Eigerwand station, which sits inside the North Face. Get out and enjoy spectacular views through windows carved into the rock. From here, continue up the mountain to Jungfraujoch, which is the highest railway station in Europe.

While only the world’s best climbers attempt the North Face, you can still experience it casually. The Eiger Trail snakes along the mountain for 3.5 miles (5.7 kilometers). It begins at the Eigerglestscher railway station, midway up the Eiger. You will pass metal ladders in the rock that climbers use to access the mountain face, but the trail takes a much flatter route. Enjoy gorgeous vistas of the Alps and the valleys of Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen below. The trail ends near the Alpiglen train station. For a longer hike, continue for about 90 minutes until you reach Grindelwald.

Sitting in the shadow of the North Face, Grindelwald is known as Eiger Village. This charming resort town provides a great base for your exploration of the Eiger. It has a great variety of shops, restaurants and accommodations.

No matter what season you visit, the Eiger’s peaks always remain snowcapped. Weather can be unpredictable, so dress in layers for flexibility for varying temperatures.

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Grindelwalderhof
Grindelwalderhof
3 out of 5
Dorfstrasse 155, Grindelwald, BE
The price is $114 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 26
Located in the heart of Grindelwald, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of First, Mannlichen Mountain, and Kleine Scheidegg. Eiger and Mystery Rooms are also ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (318 reviews)
"Clean. Convenient location. Great breakfast. Surrounded by beautiful mountains. Tons of things to do for all ages. Grindelwald was our favorite place we stayed in Switzerland."

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Grindelwalderhof
Sunstar Hotel Grindelwald
Sunstar Hotel Grindelwald
4 out of 5
Dorfstrasse 168, Grindelwald, BE
The price is $279 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Situated in the mountains, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of First Cable Car, Pfingstegg Cable Car, and Sportzentrum Grindelwald. Grindelwald - Wengen ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (521 reviews)
"The staff were so friendly and accommodating."

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2021

Sunstar Hotel Grindelwald
Hotel Bernerhof Grindelwald
Hotel Bernerhof Grindelwald
3 out of 5
Dorfstrasse 89, Grindelwald, BE
The price is $195 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 30
Located in the heart of Grindelwald, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sportzentrum Grindelwald and Grindelwald - Wengen Ski Area. First Cable Car and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (460 reviews)
"Super charming hotel with spectacular view of mt eiger. Get a room with balcony, it is worth it. Free breakfast with variety of meats cheeses and breads. Staff was excellent. 5 min walk to train station. Room was clean and bathroom was well supplied"

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2021

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Grindelwalderhof
Grindelwalderhof
3 out of 5
Dorfstrasse 155, Grindelwald, BE
The price is $114 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 26
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Sunstar Hotel Grindelwald
Sunstar Hotel Grindelwald
4 out of 5
Dorfstrasse 168, Grindelwald, BE
The price is $279 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
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Hotel Bernerhof Grindelwald
Hotel Bernerhof Grindelwald
3 out of 5
Dorfstrasse 89, Grindelwald, BE
The price is $195 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 30
Hotel Bernerhof Grindelwald
Aspen alpin lifestyle hotel Grindelwald
Aspen alpin lifestyle hotel Grindelwald
4 out of 5
Aspen 1, Grindelwald, BE
The price is $347 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
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Central Hotel Wolter
Central Hotel Wolter
3 out of 5
Dorfstrasse 93, Grindelwald, BE
Central Hotel Wolter
cozy apartment in a quiet location
cozy apartment in a quiet location
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cozy apartment in a quiet location
Hotel Alpenhof
Hotel Alpenhof
3 out of 5
Kreuzweg 36, Grindelwald, BE
The price is $178 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Hotel Alpenhof
Bergwelt Grindelwald
Bergwelt Grindelwald
3.5 out of 5
Bergwelt 4, Grindelwald, BE
The price is $308 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
Bergwelt Grindelwald
Boutique Hotel Glacier
Boutique Hotel Glacier
4 out of 5
55 Endweg, Grindelwald
The price is $300 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 27
Boutique Hotel Glacier
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